Friday, September 26, 2014

Hometown Buck-a-Rama

If I had known all of the crazy things that September would bring I don't know that I would have believed it.  My calendar at the end of the month looks nothing like what I had in mind at the beginning of the month.  But that's ok... In the midst of all the craziness I had some awesome family time, a fun trip to Montana with my sister (she lives in New York... like, the polar opposite of my world.  Crazy that two sisters that are best friends could live completely different lives... LOVE IT!!) and a chance to go back to my roots.

The weekend that I was home to Montana just happened to be the weekend that the American Legion was holding an event to raise money for the fair grounds. Funny that until now I hadn't realized who was responsible for the fairgrounds there.  Where is the fair board, you ask?  There isn't one.  Our county doesn't actually hold a county fair.  Instead they team up with a couple neighboring counties to put on a Tri-County fair in Deer Lodge.  Looky there... Learned something new, didn't ya!

So no fair board, no money from the county, and therefore in need of some creative fundraising.

The highlight of the day was a rough stock buck-out featuring the bulls of a local rough stock contractors, Rod and Bonnie Conat and Steven Graveley.  They may not be PBR material just yet but that very well may be where they are heading.  Some of these bulls were young and inexperienced, but they certainly have potential.  But that doesn't mean that there weren't any old seasoned bulls that knew how to put on a show.  I was thoroughly entertained!

I did have one small complaint, and you will see it here in a minute.  They had hauled in a bunch of panels to make a much smaller ring to buck in.  Smart, right?  They won't have to chase bulls all day to move on to the next one.  But they forgot to think of the lady sitting in the stands with two tired kids crawling on her lap while she tried to take pictures.  So that means that in between you and the action will be some panels and what not.  Just pretend its not there...

Regardless of how the panels may or may not have ruined the ambiance of the pictures, it was still a fun day for a rodeo!   

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